Lafayette's new Moncus Park to open later than anticipated
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The opening of an urban park in a south Louisiana city is being delayed because the non-profit organization behind the project has obtained more money for additional features.
Lafayette Central Park Inc. initially hoped to open Moncus Park this spring, according to The Advertiser in Lafayette. But, with an extra $5 million in money raised, the organization is planning to open later in the year.
Features already completed include a dog park. Features being added this year are an amphitheater and a “family area,” which includes a tree house, splash pad and playground.
The nonprofit has received some contributions earlier than expected. For example, plans for the amphitheater were put into motion when Iberia Bank advanced a pledge of $1 million to the park, which wasn’t expected for another three years, the newspaper reported.
With the additional money, the nonprofit and its board had to consider whether to push back the park’s opening date; use sporadic openings of sections or have construction underway while the park is open. They decided to hold a grand opening later in the year.
In 2005, the area was a 100-acre ‘Horse Farm,’ then owned by the the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It was the last large, undeveloped public property in the city.
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